Tim Coltman, great grandson of William Coltman VC, gives our next talk on the most decorated other rank of the First World War. William volunteered to help his country in the bloody conflict known as the Great War and would go on to become a hero whose great deeds are still honoured in his hometown of Burton over a century later. William, just 5ft 4ins tall, joined the Sixth North Staffordshire Regiment.
Due to his Christian beliefs he refused to pick up a rifle, but that did not stop him volunteering for military training as a stretcher bearer. His subsequent heroics on the battlefront, saving many injured men, both British and German, and bringing back documentation from the dead for their family’s sake, won him many awards. His actions on October 3rd and 4th, 1918, during operations at Mannequin Hill, in Northern France, earned William the coveted Victoria Cross.
Tim will tell of this feat and the other actions that earned William his many decorations.